When Dion Waiters was traded to the Thunder as part of the three-team deal that brought J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert to Cleveland, his inclusion in the deal wasn’t a huge surprise.
Waiters was a shoot-first, ask-questions-later type in his days with the Cavaliers, and playing alongside offensive talent like LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, his one-dimensional skill set simply wasn’t a great fit, and it was showing in the early-season results.
The Thunder will face the Cavaliers on Sunday afternoon in a nationally televised contest, which meant Waiters was back in town with his new team on Saturday. And in discussing his new situation, he mentioned the fact that he hasn’t had any communication with LeBron since the deal went down.
Waiters said he has only spoken to Tristan Thompson and Kyrie Irving via text since the trade went down that shipped him to OKC in three-team swap that landed J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert in Cleveland.
He has had no communication with LeBron James. The All-Star has not called nor sent a text. Northeast Ohio Media asked Waiters if he would have preferred if James gave him a ring.
“Man, he had his chance to reach out,” Waiters told NEOMG. “I’m not losing any sleep.”
Expect LeBron and Waiters to be cordial on the court before the opening tip on Sunday. But it’s clear that there wasn’t much of a relationship there while the two were Cavaliers teammates.